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Richard Hake

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Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills - ADDENDUM
Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:25 PM
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Some subscribers to MathEdCC might be interested in the following
important ADDENDUM to "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills"
Hake (2011):

In response to "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills'' [Hake
(2011)], Steven Jones (2011) wrote:

"I would also encourage those interested in the assessment of
critical thinking skills to consider using the Critical thinking
Assessment Test (CAT), a tool created by folks at Tennessee Tech in
consultation with a rather impressive national advisory board. The
CAT may be of particular interest to subscribers of POD because -
aside from its obvious use for assessment of critical thinking -- the
test is intentionally designed so that it can be used as a catalyst
for faculty development as well. Information about the CAT can be
found at: <>"

According to information at <>,
Barry Stein is the principal investigator.

In the abstract of Hake (2011) I wrote: "I give academic references
to all the above tests as well as to valuable articles in the
critical thinking area: (1) 'Assessing Critical Thinking Skills'
[Stein et al. (2003)]"

Unfortunately I had been unaware of the more recent work of Stein and
his colleagues at Tennessee Tech that had culminated in the valuable
"Critical thinking Assessment Test [CAT (2011)].

Sorry for the bother.

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <> and accessed on 24
August 2011.]

Bransford, J.D. & B.S. Stein. 1993. "The Ideal Problem Solver: A
guide for improving thinking, learning and creativity." Worth
Publishers; 2nd edition. information at

CAT. 2011. "Critical thinking Assessment Test" Tennessee
Technological University, online at
<>. According to the Overview: "The
CAT Instrument is a unique tool designed to assess and promote the
improvement of critical thinking and real-world problem solving
skills. The instrument is the product of extensive development,
testing, and refinement with a broad range of institutions, faculty,
and students across the country. The National Science Foundation has
provided support for many of these activities."

Hake, R.R. 2011. "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills,"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <>. Post
of 24 Aug 2011 09:02:59-0700 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and
link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion
lists and are also on my blog "Hake'sEdStuff" at
<> with a provision for comments.

Jones, S.K. 2011. "Re: Assessment of Critical Thinking Skills,"
online on the OPEN! POD archives at <>. Post of
24 Aug 2011 14:08:59-0600.

Stein, B.S. A.F. Haynes, and J. Unterstein. 2003. "Assessing Critical
Thinking Skills," Paper presented at SACS/COC Annual Meeting /
Nashville, Tennessee / December 6 - 9; online as a 385 kB pdf at
<>. The Appendix lists "Current Critical Thinking
Tests, Types, and Weaknesses (Based on Information Obtained from U.S.
Department of Education, 2000)." Stein is coauthor of "The Ideal
Problem Solver: A guide for improving thinking, learning and
creativity" [Bransford & Stein (1993)].

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